Digital Learning Resources – Engaging Learners
Late last year I undertook research on behalf of Sovereign Hill to explore some of the contemporary theory and practice in the use of Digital Learning Resources in schools and museums.
TEDx Melbourne 19th July 2012
Last Thursday I headed to the State Library for a TEDx Melbourne event. I have watched a great number of TED talks online, but this was the first time I had attended a TED event. I think it’s great that TED has expanded to include regional TEDx events across the world, it’s a nice example of how a successful idea can spread without being overly controlled.
Speaking at this TEDx event, that was specifically on the topic of Educational Leadership, was Will Richardson, Stephen Dinham and Jenny Luca. All the speakers provided a different message, but all three were focused on improving education for students, particularly improving education beyond the standardised measure of tests. To me the theme seemed to be preparing students for the unknown real-world future that awaits them.
Yesterday I attended a professional development workshop led by Steve Hagardon called Teacher 2.0. The PD focused on developing your (teachers’) Personal Web Presence and Personal Learning Network. It has inspired me to develop a more cohesive approach to my own PLN, as mine is currently quite ad hoc.
On Tuesday 19th of April I travelled to Indianapolis to visit the Museum of Art.
My main motivation for visiting this venue was their stong involvement in the using of digital technology to enhance the visitor experience and access to their collection. I met with their School’s Coordinator, Wendy, to discuss their Education Programs and the associated logistics. Wendy was very helpful and we found, as is often the case, that we share similar challenges in managing school groups: bookings, scheduling, group movement, unexpected arrivals, encouraging full participation in programs etc. From the Education Staff I’ve met at a range of institutions, these challenges seem quite universal. We all hope to give our school visitors the very best learning experience and look for ways to best share our expertise with teachers and students. I guess the ultimate question is: what is the best way to assist teachers to give their students the most powerful learning experience while on excursion to our museum? I have even had friends of mine, who know what I do for a job, not have any idea what sort of educational experience local institutions can offer. How do we capture these teachers?